The Chaosium Digest

The Chaosium Digest supports the role-playing games produced by Chaosium Inc. and all content is fan submitted. Begun in 1994 by Shannon Appelcline who passed it to myself in 2000 and previously distributed via email, this is the newest incarnation of the Chaosium Digest. Enjoy!

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Secrets of Los Angeles -- Review

The newest in Chaosium's "Secrets of" line is out. This time, we get to see Los Angeles in the Call of Cthulhu setting. This is a nice book with a fine layout and some great period photos for illustration. It covers the birth of Hollywood and the film industry and throws in a good bit of noir style that blends well with Lovecraft.

Included are stats for period celebreties such as Charley Chaplain, Will Rogers, Cecil B. DeMille, Edgar Rice Burroughs and Raymond Chandler. Over all, the book is has fine coverage of the history and geography of the City of Angels and its surrounding areas of interest. An Index, Bibliography and Chaosium's famous player handouts increase the utility of the book.

Should you happen to not be into the film noir styling of an L.A. campaign, there's still some utillity here. The book includes sections on Native California Myths and Magic, Mexican Brujeria and Chinese Magic which continue CoC 6's trend of showing how real magical traditions can be translated into Call of Cthulhu without everything magical being Mythos.

So just grab Secrets of Los Angeles, pop in The Maltese Falcon, and it's off to LA LA Land in Call of Cthulhu style!

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi John! Not really a comment to your article, but I didn't find any email adresse to contact you by. ANyway, I've set up a new fansite for Chaosium's Basic Roleplaying game, Basic Roleplaying Central, at Mainly due to the BRP forum, it gets around 350 unique visits per day. Our link list, at, contains the most complete link list for D100 & BRP roleplaying games, and the Chaosium Digest is of course included. I wondered if you would consider adding a link back to BRP Central?


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